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summed up life the best. >> people compromise and people actually seem to stand by each other during such a crisis. >> reporter: so you're helping your neighbors? >> exactly. >> reporter: neighbors holding onto each other. lama hasan, abc news, cairo. and our coverage of the crisis in egypt continues later in this half hour with an in-depth look at christiane amanpour's exclusive interview with hosni mubarak. stay with abc news and abcnews.com throughout the day. disturbing video of a teenager being arrested has plenty of people in houston upset this morning. it was recorded last march as officers kicked, punched and stomped on then 15-year-old chad holley. police say he was among four teens accused of burglary. a houston community activists released the tape despite court orders to keep it under wraps until the officers go to trial. four officers were fired and are facing various charges. you probably remember that
brazen casino heist that took place in las vegas late last year. videotape captured that suspect running out if a motorcycle helmet and now a suspect is in custody. kntv reports. >> reporter: surveillance tape that made national headlines and police say it was 29-year-old anthony who dashed into the bellagio wearing a motorcycle helmet, confronting patrons with a gun and then pocketing $1.5 million in chips. >> we did recover roughly $900,000 in chips. we have been able to account r ffor approximately $1.2 million of the $1.5 million that had been taken from the robbery. >> reporter: detectives aren't revealing just how they were able to pin him to the heist, but ironically he was taken down at the casino where the crime happened. the investigation has revealed that he is the son of las vegas municipal court judge george assad. court documents reveal he was
living with his father after his arrest officers executed a search warrant at the judge's home. >> he was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, as well as burglary with a deadly weapon. >> reporter: mgm has released this statement saying they are pleased to have been able to assist metro detectives in developing their case and ultimately apprehending the suspect. police from the very start called this a bold and brazen robbery but they had strong words for anyone even thinking of doing something similar to this. >> we want to send a clear message to those who think they can come to las vegas, commit a robbery using a weapon and get away with it is sadly mistaken. >> reporter: the stolen chips ranged in value anywhere from $100 to $25,000. yet detectives didn't say whether the suspect was able to get any cash for them. even though it is an ongoing investigation, they consider him to be their primary suspect. reporting outside las vegas city hall, abc news.
it's decision day for astronaut mark kelly, the husband of congresswoman gabrielle giffords. kelly announced today whether he will stay on as commander of shuttle "endeavour's" final flight scheduled to lift off in april. the astronaut who's filled in since giffords was shot is not expected to be at a news conference today, suggesting that kelly may plan to go ahead with the mission. now to a major medical story this morning on childhood obesity and how it's linked to working mothers. that study shows that children are much more likely to be overweight if their mother works for extended periods of time outside of the home. researchers followed 1,000 american children and they discovered that sixth graders with working moms were six times more likely to be overweight than kids with stay-at-home mothers. everybody's been inside across the country this week. deep freeze being felt this morning from the texas/mexico border up into new england. el paso, texas, not used to snow and ice. it's not going anywhere today.
the temperature there this morning, oh, about 7 degrees. in fact, some readings across texas today will be colder than the temps in alaska. >> that ain't right. >> that's not right. you're right it's not right. plenty of people in texas are demanding more power throughout the deep freeze, attempting to stay warm. as a result, there have been random rolling blackouts across much of the state. mexican utilities even sold electric power to texas but the plug was pulled when the mexicans ran into a power supply problem of their own. and with that, here is your friday forecast. morning snow showers around dallas. shreveport, little rock, memphis, that will mix with ice from central louisiana to birmingham. rain in mobile, orlando, atlanta and the carolinas. up to 6 inches of snow from colorado to montana. meanwhile, showers in the pacific northwest. >> 53 in seattle. 48 in boise. and 57 in phoenix. mostly 20s from kansas city to detroit. 35 here in new york. 40 in atlanta.
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welcome back, everybody. you're looking at a live picture from cairo, day 11 of the ongoing protests in that country. protesters calling this a day of departure, hoping today could possibly be the day president mubarak steps down. so far he's remaining adamant he's not leaving immediately. we'll see how this plays out. hundreds of thousands more folks there to join the protest. that's our top story today. been our top story all week and probably for many weeks to come. while as people continue to fight each other in the streets of cairo, president hosni mubarak remains in his palace. the world, of course, waiting to see exactly what he'll do next. >> in an abc news exclusive interview, christiane amanpour managed to meet with mubarak and get the answers the world is demanding.
>> reporter: they say they won't leave until mubarak does. in an extraordinary move, the prime minister apologized for the violence and promised an investigation. and already there have been reports of a few small clashes at one end. square. as we left the square, we heard that our requests for an interview with vice president omar suleiman had been granted. as we headed out, we were apprehensive. we had an unsettling experience on a bridge leading into the square. when we were surrounded by a group of mubarak supporters, and had to make a quick getaway in our car, the group attacked our vehicle and shattered the windshield. and now as we drove to the palace, something even more unsettling happened. we were stopped by a mob that grew after a checkpoint, sort of a self-declared checkpoint on one of the roads in a
neighborhood. and all our cars were surrounded by angry people. and it took all the powers of diplomacy we had to stay cool, to stay calm and to talk our way out of it. also some military came up to us and once we told them that we had an appointment with the vice president, because that's who we thought we were going to see when we started this day, we slowly, slowly were able to get ourselves out of there. we reached the palace, which is surrounded at this point by tanks under military escort. as our cameraman was setting up for our exclusive interview with vice president omar suleiman i asked if i could see president mubarak. within minutes i was whisked into a reception room to see him. when i walked in, i asked him how he was. he said, i feel strong. he said, i am not the kind of person to run. and he said, i will die on egyptian soil. when i asked him about whether he would step down now, he said to me, you know, christiane,
i've been in public service for 62 years and now i'm fed up and i want to retire. but if i resign now, he said, there will be chaos and i'm afraid the muslim brotherhood will take over. i asked him whether he felt betrayed. he sort of did the universal hand movement. he did say he thought president obama, quote, was a very good man. he said that he had not been asked to step down but he also said that he had told president obama, quote, that you don't understand the egyptian culture and you don't understand what would happen if i resign today. he did say once he had made that statement, once he had heard the demands of the people, as he told me, that they were legitimate demands, he made the decision to step aside and he said he felt relief after that. i did say, where would he go once he stepped down? and he said, egypt. this is my -- this is my home. he said, he didn't care what people were saying about him right now. he said that he cared only about his country, about egypt, and is
that when the time comes, he would die in egypt. i visited that palace many times. i've interviewed president mubarak in much less tense times. usually the halls are crowded, lots of officials in the halls, walking, bringing tea, bringing coffee. this time there was a sense that everybody was in their offices. we walked down an empty hall that was not populated. and yet people were in their offices, looking out, just by their faces, you could see they were questioning and wondering and looking at us. again, a sense of resignation tinged, tinged by a great deal of tension and edginess. i got the sense today, though, that there was an edge, obviously, to what's going on. there was and there is a tension that also a sense of resignation that whatever happens happens and whatever their fate may be, so be it. >> again, protesters calling this a day of departure. the plan is to march to the presidential palace about noon
it's like a whole field back here now. >> jimmy made this on national bubble wrap day. this is a bubble wrap football. isn't that nice? >> all in honor. very good stuff. in honor of the big game, super bowl xlv is sunday. you can't deflate the ball. what are you sdmodoing? >> it's hard not to. >> i'm here to join in the fun. >> we have come a long way. let's get going. >> as if you need a reminder, by now, the big game on sunday.
green bay packers/pittsburgh steelers played in arlington, texas and all starts at 6:30 eastern time. >> it's been a while, so let's remind you jack leads our race. willis is not here today, celebrating his birthday yesterday, in second place, vin seat that and i tied for third. >> for those counting, jack at 6-4. willis one game behind. rob, you and vinita are battling for third place. >> that's it p. i know. jack has had his terrible towel in here, of course, he's going with pittsburgh. >> willis in an effort to tie for playoff lead goes with green bay. >> his third favorite team after the giants and jets. >> vinita did not have a home team so somehow she came up with picking the packers swlg. >> only a way to finish above vinita i'm going with pittsburgh. i would like to see green bay, but i think pittsburgh is going to win it. >> i think i'm going with green bay. >> are you really? >> i like aaron rodgers.
i'm an afc guy at heart but i'm going to go with the nfc team and the green bay packers. >> bold choice, my friend. we'll see. we'll see how it goes down. big party? big plans? >> just going to watch it with the wife, you know, have a few pops, see what happens. >> a few soda pops, is that what you call it these days? >> hó
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this morning on "world news now," hosni mubarak's message. it's an abc news exclusive from inside egypt's presidential palace. >> what he told abc's christiane amanpour that made worldwide headlines. it's friday, february 4th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> an amazing interview with christiane and egyptian president. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm mike marusarz in for vinita nair. hosni mubarak spoke out about egyptians fighting egyptians and what's next for his country in
chaos. also ahead this morning, astronaut mark kelly, his career announcement and the latest on his wife, gabby giffords. changes at the ronald reagan library on what would have been the president's 100th birthday. >> hard to believe. latest on the unfolding situation in egypt. large protests are expected again today throughout the country. >> and there was growing u.s. pressure on president mubarak to step down right away. john hendren is in washington this morning. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. egypt's embattled president spoke to abc news as relations between that country and this one have grown increasingly distant. egyptian president hosni mubarak told abc news he knows it's time. >> he said, christiane, after 62 years of public service, i am fed up. i want to go. >> reporter: on a day when dozens of journalists were attacked by mubarak supporters, abc's christiane amanpour spoke to the embattled president in his palace. >> he said, i feel strong. he said, i am not the kind of person to run. he said, i will die on egyptian
soil. >> reporter: as he spoke, the fragile ties between long-time allies were unraveling fast. >> we pray that the violence in egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the egyptian people will be realized. are. >> he did say i think obama is a very good man. those were his words to me. but i did tell him, he said, that you do not understand egyptian culture. fy leave right away, there will be chaos. >> reporter: the scene out in the streets, cars set ablaze, molotov cocktails hurled right into the crowds, bodies dragged down the streets. and the mobs beating the protesters. one of our teams car was hijacked. the consequences for the u.s. is dire. it could turn a close ally against terrorism into a islam fundamental state. with more than 50,000 americans in that country, time is running
out. rob and mike? among those who managed to evacuate egypt, nearly 300 united nations staff members based in cairo, in all now more than 5,000 people trying to leave that country were at the airport yesterday. the united states has flown out around 2,200 americans. no u.s. government flights are planned for today. so americans are urged, instead, to book commercial flights. now our top story back here at home. the deep freeze today in texas and the southeast getting hit with a dangerous mix of ice and snow. houston's airport is open but there are already delays and cancellations. all continental flights in houston were halted thursday afternoon. service may not resume until this afternoon. clear across texas and el paso, they are struggling to get back to normal after this week's storm. sheets of ice that formed on the city streets turned them into ice skating rings. dozens of accidents across the city and any melting that happened during the day yesterday, only created
conditions for more ice as temperatures fell throughout the night. and that deep freeze is also causing a power drain across the lone star state. the frigid temperatures mean higher demand for power and that's led to some random rolling black outs across much of the state. the plug was pulled when the mexicans ran into a power supply problem of their own. no blackouts are expected, though. at the stadium where sunday's big super bowl is being played and at the hotels where the teams are staying. let the game go on. >> that's right. well, thankfully they're going to close the dome on the new stadium down there, so inside it will be about 70-whatever. >> that's more like it. that's what i expect from a billion dollar stadium. it's been quite some time since the deep south felt such a deep freeze. >> meteorologist ava dinges has the latest from accuweather. good morning, ava. >> good morning, rob and mike. we are definitely tracking this very rare icing and snow event across south texas to get wintry precipitation you need two things. first, the moisture and then you
need the cold. really in texas, temperatures hardly get this cold . 26 in houston. 20 degrees below normal. brownsville setting a record at 28. sufficient cold air in place. and then a storm off the gulf is providing that moisture. so, as this moisture moves inland, it's actually coming down as an icy mix along the entire texas coast. even in brownsville they've been reporting an icy mix for the past 36 hours. that's going to continue at least into the morning hours. mostly that snow on the backside of this. while it's a rain event for the southeast. have you that dividing line between cold and warm air. behind the cold air is where the wintery mix will be. slippery roadways from houston into college station. college station itself could see up to 4 inches of snow in the morning hours. back to you, rob and mike. >> thanks, ava. now to a tragic story from oklahoma. three people died after their suv veered off a snow-covered highway bridge and then plunged more than 60 feet into a frigid river below.
it was minus 11 degrees at the time of the crash. five other people in the vehicle suffered from hypothermia and trauma. all of them were farm workers. astronaut mark kelly, congresswoman gabrielle giffords' husband, plans to make a career decision today. he will announce if he will stay on as commander of shuttle "endeavour's" final flight. as diana alvear, he focused on prayer and his wife's recovery in washington. >> every day she gets a little bit better. and the neurosurgeons and neurologists tell me that that's a great sign. >> reporter: mark kelly talked about his life changed forever, the day a gunman open fire in tucson, killing six and wouning 19 others. his wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords, was shot in the head. >> when something like this happens, it's natural to think, why was a 9-year-old girl, an innocent child, killed? why was gabby shot through her head and left barely clinging to life?
>> reporter: kelly said he believes her survival is due in no small part to the nation's outpouring of love and prayers. present in the ever-growing memorial on the hospital's grounds. >> you pray where you are. you pray when god is there in your heart. and prayer isn't just asking. it's also listening for answers and expressing gratitude. which i've done a lot lately. >> reporter: the president added his own prayers for giffords' well-being. >> i want gabby and mark and their entire family to know that we are with them for the long haul. >> reporter: as an astronaut, kelly said his experiences in space have humbled him. as a husband and father, he said the tragedy in tucson has inspired him. >> that this event, horrible and tragic, was not merely random. that maybe something good can come from all this. maybe it's our responsibility, maybe it's your responsibility, to see that something does.
>> reporter: diana al investment ear, abc news. >> such a tough decision for him to make. >> it is. career versus wife. i think she'd want him to go. it will be interesting to see what he ultimately does, though. >> i think caveat here, it's the final mission, so, i mean, this is -- >> it's now or never. >> right. we'll see have to see how it plays out today. when the national guard was called up to help in the monster storm this week, this is not what they had in mind. >> a woman in the kansas city area went into labor. but nearly 2 feet of snow made it impossible for the ambulance to get anywhere near her house. two guardsmen used their military trucks to breeze through unplowed streets with paramedics in tow. >> when they made it back to the ambulance and hospital, just in time for cynthia reese to deliver a healthy baby boy. >> what a story they'll have. he says, hey, mommy, how did i get here one day? she'll have quite a story to share with that kid. more "world news now" coming up.
welcome back, everybody. it is time to take a look back at the week in quotes. for most of us here and around the world, the cries in egypt is what held our attention most of this week. >> that's right. who could also forget the monster storm that blanketed one-third of the nation? here is now the week in quotes. . ♪ >> we are the revolution and we will destroy mubarak. >> first up he has too go. then we prepare for election, new constitution and move on to democracy. >> president mubarak will step down or there will be more violence. so, if it gets worse, then i don't want to be there. >> you are want with us. you are not with us.
>> after his speech tonight, i spoke directly to president mubarak. he recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable. and that a change must take place. >> midwest got over a foot of snow. it rained ice pellets in dallas. it's wet and freezing in new york. yeah, i was complaining about it all day to my friend in egypt. >> it's rare you see something this big over so many states with these conditions simultaneously. >> you think this is the most snow you've seen in all your 95 winters? >> all my lifetime. >> yes, new york city needs more white powder like charlie sheen needs more white powder. >> there was no shadow around. so, an early spring it will be! >> i woke up this morning and saw the snow out there and i thought i was at home for a second. >> this year for the fi time ever the super bowl will not have cheerleaders. no cheerleaders. yeah, apparently they couldn't
find any women willing to cheer on ben roethlisberger. >> i would like to send my wishes to those celebrating the lunar new year. >> this is the biggest surprise in my years. to have this happen on top of -- oh. >> i've seen that like ten times this week and betty white still cracks me up. it has been a huge news week, the weather and overseas. hopefully spring will move quickly here. >> no doubt about that. we can only hope as changes in the season are around the corner. >> bring on april, folks.
now that the super bowl match-up is set between the steelers and green bay, it's time to start planning your super bowl party. joining me now with his tips on making your party a total touchdown is america's chief entertaining officer and author of the week "that's entertainment." good to have you back, tim. you're my favorite guest because you come bearing gifts, food and drink. i love this segment. >> yes, we do. it's the big gamepy know something is that people like to eat before, during and after the game. >> yes. >> so, we have great tips how you can set up your field of food so you as a host can watch the game without waiting on your guests. the idea is to set up stations so your guests serve themselves. easy to grab and go items, away you go. >> take time and pressure off you. here it all is. folks can have at it. >> we're going to start out in the water cooler area i call it. >> my favorite. >> good place to start. first of all, at your party, have plenty of alcohol-free beverages.
a lot of choices there. moving on, i always have a signature cocktail. we'll have two signature cocktails for this addition because we have this green one, which i call the pack attack. which is -- >> yeah, they can drown their sorrows. >> there you go. anyway, that is with a little finlandia tangerine, white cranberry juice and lemon wheel so that gives it the green and gold color. over here a little pittsburgh punch. what gives it that punch, a little woodford reserve bourbon into three ounces of orange juice and a little squeeze of lime. for the black, a little black licorice stick is my garnish, the black and gold. there's our cooler station. you can make those alcohol-free by leighing out the spirits. >> not too bad at all. >> onto the crunch station. here we go. you have to have a crunch station. you have traditional chips and dip. if you want to go light, you can have vegetables.
if it's that new year's resolution you're trying to keep, veggies. here's a great dip. i call the cool everything dip. it's really cool and goes with everything. >> everything on here. chicken wings, vegetables -- >> everything. it's fat-free yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, a little hot sauce. >> you doctor it up. >> we're taking this fat-free yogurt and making it good. anch chile sauce. that goes in. stir that up. >> gives it a little kick. >> it has a kick. powerful kick. like i said, that goes with everything. so, put that on there. chips, dips. again, if you want to be health y i know it's super bowl, big game -- >> we take a little break from the health. >> you can have the vegetables. got to have wings. got to have wings. big game party so we have the wings. this is a different version. these are baked wings. >> healthier than fried. >> healthier. also, the recipe on the abc facebook. baked wings. then you also have to have
chili. mag a big pot. i start with a vegetarian chili this way your party will accommodate vegetarians all the >> award-winning chili. this is good stuff. >> won three awards. go to the facebook page at abc and, boom, you'll get the recipe for that. then let your guests top it like they want. if they want extra cheese, want some beans, some burger in there, you can do that. some places even put spaghetti in their chili. i have that. of course, crackers and hot sauce. if anybody wants more heat, they can put on some more heat. >> spicy and thick, meaty or nonmeaty as you want it. self-serve. >> all your guests can build it like they want it. you don't make one pot and say, i don't like beans. you can add it. >> and host can stay on the couch and enjoy the game. >> and then we end up at the end zone of desserts. >> yes, here we go. >> here's a tip. go out and buy cookies, bars,
brownies, small pieces, set those out so your guests can just grab and go. >> that's it. >> that's it. they can enjoy desserts and everything else included with it. >> any other must haves you didn't bring? you have chicken wings, that's huge. chili, that's huge. cooling station. everything is covered. >> assortment of chips and dips. you've got it all from the start to the end of desserts. i mean, it's all here. this is a big game party. >> and some crunchies down here, too. >> yeah, i put a little fritos on there, which some people put that in your chili. >> anything goes if chili. >> absolutely, rob. >> tim, great ideas. smells goods, looks good. a full buffet. we appreciate it. who are you going to root for? >> i'm still wondering. i'm still up in the air yet. >> you're a good politician. >> middle of the fence. you can pick up tim's book called "that's entertainment" on
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finally this half hour, this sunday is the 100th anniversary of president reagans birth. >> the reagan presidential library in simi valley, california s unveiling new exhibits, including one that makes you part of history. here's kabc's john north. >> reporter: it's a completely redone reagan library. the old one opened in 1991. this one opens to the public next monday and we got a preview. it tries to capture the spirit of the 40th president using the
latest technology. a new statue of the reagans greets visitors. this is a brand new coat when 70 days after taking office there was an assassination attempt. the x-ray shows how close the bullet came to president reagan's heart. >> you'll find the bullet hole right here in the left breast of the suit coat, along with actually the blood stain of the president's. >> it remains how close -- >> reporter: you can stand behind the presidential podium and read his inauguration speech off the prompter. you can tape a scene from a movie with reagan and watch the results. >> tell rock i said that. i think that was an awful step. >> that was funny, george. he said the same thing about you. >> reporter: this museum does not duck one of the reagan presidency's most controversial episodes, iran-contra. also reminds people how instrumental reagan was in ending the cold war. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> reporter: reagan was one of the most prolific writers to
occupy the office. he kept a daily diary. reagan got exercise by riding his horse at his ranch. you can get a picture of you riding with him. they'll rent you a camera. for those who think they've been through the museum before, think again. for those who think they know ronald reagan, think again. this gives you a whole new perspective. it's worst a trip. there is the letter president reagan he wrote and the recording he made when he was told he has alzheimer's disease. >> i now begin the journey that will lead me into sunset of my life pip know for america there will always be a bright dawn ahead. >> reporter: this is john north reporting for abc news. >> and in a nod to the former president's humor, they say their friends are referring to this as the 61st anniversary of his 39th birthday. he loved that line and keeping it light. >> the forever showman is what a
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this morning on this morning on "world news now" -- deep freeze. the arctic blast felt today as far south as mexico. >> the icy conditions and impact on travel this morning. it is friday, february 4th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it's cold outside. >> it is cold outside. it's brutal. think spring. think spring. >> if we think it will be as such, hopefully. >> that's right. >> at least the groundhog said so. good morning, everyone, i'm mike marusarz in for vinita. >> i'm rob nelson.
on top of the weather story, super bowl fans, they too can expect a pretty chilly welcome from mother nature in dallas this weekend. we'll get an update on the forecast. i remember being at the super bowl last year when the saints were there. it was in miami, beautiful, 80 degrees. not the same kind of deal for the folks this year in dallas, unfortunately. >> luckily the game will be played inside of a dome, but the fan activities outside, it's tough to get to. actually shut down some roadways earlier this week. the other big story worldwide is egypt. ahead, the president of egypt announced his intentions exclusively to abc's christiane amanpour. >> impressive interview. very fascinating. on top of that, the violent scenes in cairo and how journalists themselves have now become the targets. increasingly violent and frightening situation in that part of the world. they think more than 100 reporters so far have been detained or arrested in cairo. that situation getting worse and day 11 of the crisis. first, we get to the dangerous cold stretching all the way from texas to the great lakes and into new england. yes, it is early february. some of those places are pretty
used to freezing temperatures. >> el paso is expecting a low this morning of just 7 degrees. as ryan owens reports, there have also been deadly consequences. >> reporter: three people were killed in oklahoma when their truck slid off the interstate and plunged 80 feet into the icy river below. >> five personnel that have been recovered 37 >> reporter: after the storm moved through, much of oklahoma and texas remain paralyzed. we left oklahoma city, headed to dallas. that's normally a three-hour trip. we've been on the road more than four hours and haven't made it halfway there. we're rarely above 25 miles an hour. and everywhere you look are reminders of what happens if you try to go faster. what awaits us in texas isn't much better. with the super bowl just days away, dallas is encased in ice. texas power companies are warning customers to conserve after rolling blackouts across the state shut off power for 10
to 45 minutes at a time, even at many hospitals. notoriously prideful texas had to go so far as to buy electricity from mexico, just to keep the lights and the heat on. >> they should have been better prepared for this. >> reporter: in chicago where the blizzard stranded 1,000 cars on lake shore drive, there were reunions. >> there she is! matilda! >> reporter: in a city parking lot, diana monroe found the car she spent nine hours trapped inside. across new england, the heavy snow caused more roofs to collapse. in connecticut, this barn gave way, trapping 14 horses. and the worst may not be over. this morning it will be colder in el paso, texas, than in anchorage, alaska, and snow is in the forecast for houston for only the second time in a decade. ryan owens, abc news, oklahoma. >> colder in texas than alaska. that says it all, doesn't it? now we have the cold, hard facts about the forecast.
>> our coverage of the deep freeze continues with meteorologist ava dinges at accuweather. good morning, ava. >> good morning, rob and mike. south texas deals with the icy weather, for once the northeast is looking dry. a high pressure system sitting in control, although it is chilly outdoors. we have sunshine in place. that next winter storm is on the way. it's already brewing in the gulf of mexico where it's bringing rain to the southeast, in and around new orleans, back into atlanta, while the cold air has basically surged in across texas and louisiana. as this moisture moves in, it's coming in as an icy mix rather than any rain. even accumulating snow on the backside of this in houston, maybe upwards of an inch into the morning hours. brownsville, very rare for them to even see accumulating ice, that may be the case into the morning hours. the roads will be an absolute mess. the good news, as we head into the weekend for the big game in arlington, looks like it should be warming up and dry. as for the northeast, this weekend gets tricky. the storm is tracking up the east coast, mainly rain across the mid-atlantic. maybe an icy mix into new york
and more heavy snow for new england. back to you, rob and mike. >> thanks a lot, ava. now to our other major story today. as events continue to unfold in ee gip, the white house is now stepping up pressure on president mubarak to leave sooner rather than leader. the egyptian leader tells christiane amanpour in an exclusive interview why he will not immediately step down. >> reporter: in an extraordinary meeting with the ambassador to egyptian president hosni mubarak i sat down with him off camera for some 30 minutes to talk about the situation here in egypt. he told me that he was very unhappy to see the violence of the last few days between his supporters and those protesters against him. but he said he did not want to see egyptians fighting egyptians. when i asked him, what about stepping down? he told me, he said, christiane, after 62 years of public service, i am fed up, i want to
go, but i cannot resign today, he said, because otherwise there would be chaos. otherwise he was afraid, he said, the muslim brotherhood would take over. that's been the government line ever since these protests have erupted. i also asked him what about the future, what would he do? would he leave? he said, i will stay until my term is out. he felt he could weather the storm. he said, i will die on egyptian soil. once i leave, i want to stay here in egypt. he said, i will not flee. i am not that kind of person. the egyptians don't want me to do that. and then i asked him about president obama and the united states, did he feel betrayed by the united states, his closest ally, seeming to ask him to leave? he said he had not been specifically asked by the president to leave immediately, but he did say that i think obama is a very good man, those were his words to me, but i did tell him, he said, that you do not understand egyptian culture. if i leave right away, there
will be chaos. i then asked his vice president omar suleiman on camera, you asked protesters to leave the square. what if they don't? will you order the army to crack down? and omar suleiman told me, no way. we will not do that. we will ask them to leave. we hope they will leave. we feel we have met their demands for reform but we will not use the army against them. christiane amanpour, abc news, cairo. major protests are expected again today in the streets of cairo and other egyptian cities. journalists are increasingly coming under attack from demonstrators. david muir looks at the vicious violence. >> reporter: it was a battle that lit up cairo. cars set ablaze, molotov cocktails hurled into the crowd. bodies dragged down the streets. and the mobs beating the protesters. then daybreak brought a sign the military had begun to step in, taking this man to nearby tanks, kicking him to the ground. and this image, racing across
the internet, of a police van barrelling through a cairo neighborhood, running over people in the street. a lawless portrait in the heart of a city. clearer picture of something else, the escalating threat against journalists here. at least 100 reporters and photographers have been attacked, largely by people who say they're mubarak supporters and that this international spotlight has helped bring their president and their country down. it started with fists and stones thrown at cars. our team with christiane. >> are you okay? did they hurt you? >> no. >> reporter: cnn posted this, their crew being punched again and again outside the national museum. and one of our teams carjacked, stopped by what they thought were citizen police but this was different. abc cameraman akram abi hanna and our team were told this. >> we're going to behead you. i was under impression this was it. >> reporter: but akram, a veteran war photographer used
his arabic and compassion, hugging and kissing an elder in that angry mob, and it worked. those mobs are striking fear everywhere. along the nile, the race to barricade neighborhoods. no one is allowed in. we want to be safe, he yells at us. and then this, the young man we first met on our flight into cairo, from texas, coming to egypt to check on his grandmother. now black eyes, after coming under attack in tahrir square. he said he's okay, he's not headed back to tahrir square. we were grateful to hear that. also okay, akram, our cameraman, behind the lens, and producer brian hartman, in that car. in the end it was arabic and compassion they displayed that got them through that mob. david muir, abc news in cairo, because of the security they brought us in off the balcony. stay with abc news as we cover the ever-changing situation in egypt. you can stay tuned for live updates on "america this morning" and later joint chiefs of staff chairman mike mullen
offers his insight on the crisis exclusively on "good morning america." now let's change gears a little bit. lighter news on this friday. super bowl sunday and how fans of the steelers and packers squared off ahead of the big game. >> that's right. they gathered in their respective cities to attempt a world record for the most simultaneous high-fives. about 700 fans turned out in green bay. and pittsburgh did a little better with a crowd of more than 1,000 strong. >> wow. a lot of high-fivers. neither side made the cut, falling far short of the 1800 people needed. i guess they should leave the competition to the players, huh? >> it's cold. >> but still, that's way short, man. >> i know. huh? i think you have to hold it, right? >> that's weird to hold it. >> that's what i thought, they were holding it. maybe that's why they didn't make the record. >> maybe. fists. >> a new record. we're starting now. >> more "world news now" after this. this.
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unless you've been living under a rock or a pile of snow, which could be likely across the country, then you can probably guess what's been trending this week on yahoo!'s search engine. >> the situation in the middle east and, of course, the snow in the midwest were the big topics this week. there was one more topic people were searching for in recent days. yahoo! web life editor heather cabot, former wnn anchor, has details. hi, heather. >> reporter: effects of snow are rippling across much of the u.s. and, of course, the web. the snowstorm that stretched 2,000 miles from dallas to chicago to boston sent people online to find out how the cold, icy weather would affect travel and schools, heating bills and even leaky faucets. given the brutal winter so far, preps for the monster storm
started early this week. we saw spikes for snow rakes and heavy duty snow blowers up 600%. and while they waited for the weather to calm, many folks made the best of it by staying home and cooking up some comfort food. in detroit a number of folks wanted recipes for no bake peanut butter cookies. in kansas city queries for how to make chocolate frosting jumped. the other thing snow-bound americans did this week was follow the news in the middle east. the antigovernment protests in egypt ratcheted up searches for president hosni mubarak and all of the players and events that led the embattled leader to announce he would step down. searches for president mubarak spiked over 2,900%. back here at home, all the snow isn't dampening the excitement for super bowl sunday, but there is some concern about how the weather could affect the showdown at cowboy stadium. searches for dallas weather forecasts are up 839%. and, you know, if search queries could determine who would
triumph this weekend, the smart money would be on the pittsburgh steelers. all season the steelers dominated green bay, at least on yahoo! with 2 1% more searches. when it comes to quarterbacks, pittsburgh's ben roethlisberger bests the packers' aaron rodgers by 45%. as for festivities people seem to be revving up for a super bowl feast that might include a couple of low-cal dishes. healthy super bowl dips, search 600% this week. i'll be watching the game with my husband and twin 4-year-olds who are football junkies these days bhop are you rooting for? >> i'm going with the packers. >> i'm going to reserve my pick for later on. coming up next, the sinny. chelsea clinton and her new husband, rumors about marital bliss. a major legal dispute involving dr. phil. and his mustache. best friend. >> can't believe it. t.
i just love this next story. this story is right up my alley. dr. phil apparently is in trouble. how did he do it? >> what do you reckon? >> this is the deal. apparently he and his wife are now being sued for damages and for personal injuries because their dog, maggie, allegedly attacked and injured their former best friend at the couple's mansion. according to radaronline.com. the suit was filed on wednesday. not only -- this wasn't a little dog bite. they say the woman, their former best friend, literally was brutally mauled by this dpog without provocation or warning at all. they say the woman suffered from uncontrollable bleeding, from deep puncture wounds, cuts and abrasions on her arm and hand. the couple did not nothing. didn't offer to pay for her medical expenses or her -- whatever, so this is the world we liv in, she's taking out a lawsuit saying she wants money for damages, medical treatment, pain and suffering. while i'm going through all this pain, dr. phil and his wife are buying a new $30 million mansion in beverly hills. in case you're wondering, maggie
is a rare pure bred korean jindo, bred as hunting dogs, highly territorial and unpredictable. i reckon it is a tough situation. >> now, what are you doing? >> i don't know, sir, lord have mercy. >> that's depressing. >> what else have you got? >> a super bowl coming up on sunday. ben roethlisberger, the pittsburgh steelers' quarterback, made a lot of news with his facing of allegations of sexual misconduct in the off-season. on tuesday night he was spotted at a bar in the dallas area. this is from tmz, tmz video at this piano bar. he says it's a superstition and tradition that he takes his linemen out for dinner. he apparently spent $800 at the bar, tipped an additional $200. and everybody in the bar, according to tmz, says he was nice, fun and took care of everybody. >> so it wasn't like -- he didn't pull a charlie sheen. just having a little pregame fun. >> and made curfew.
all players made curfew. no incidents other than the fact he was at a bar and the sexual allegation charges came during his time in a bar. >> oh, so that's the line? >> yeah. >> so, this is just a little pregame ritual and blowing steam off before the big game. "national enquirer" is reporting some information may be interesting, saying the chelsea clinton marriage is in a little trouble. saying the husband, marc mezvinsky, walked out on her after a really big fight over starting a family. they're saying chelsea wants an annulment after six months of marriage, begging her parents to step in and save things. chels chelsea's friend talked to "people" magazine saying this is false, the marriage is fine. they couldn't be happier. shocking someone's actually disputing a "national enquirer" report about the state of the clinton marriage. they say it is all right. we'll see. >> we'll see about that. the interesting thing there is the big hubbub about the wedding over the summer. >> huge, huge. >> what they were going to wear, how much it costs and now rumors it might be for naught.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. sarah palin will be at the ronald reagan ranch tonight to celebrate what would have been the late president's 100th birthday. astronaut mark kelly announces his career plans today in houston. his wife, gabby giffords, continues her recovery. after last month's tragedy in tucson. and new york yankees pitcher andy pettitte announces his retirement today. he finishes his career with 240 wins over 16 seasons. finally, if you're a fan of shows like ""desperate housewives" or "gossip girls,"
you owe a big thanks to the show that started it all "dallas". >> now it's making a comeback. the bbc has more. ♪ >> reporter: for 13 years one of the most familiar sights and sounds on television -- it was one of the definitive shows of the 1980s. viewers engrossed by bobby ewing family struggles, sue ellen's battle with alcohol and j.r.'s devious double-crossing. although it came off the air in 1991 its popularity has endured. something recognized by its stars at a special reunion in 2008. >> hello, bbc. >> how does it feel 30 years on? >> lucky. >> we mustn't get too carried away with it, but it is a nice indication that we were a part of television history. >> please give it up for larry hagman.
>> reporter: now producers are keen to reignite fascination with the series, fascination that peaked with the culmination of who shot j.r. story line. >> the secret of who done it is contained if videotape brought into heathrow airport by an american security guard. it will be kept at a secret location overnight and won't be given to the bbc until tomorrow morning. >> reporter: larry hagman, patrick duffy and linda gray will return for the new pilot, which will start with the new viewer with josh henderson. >> this new "dallas" could make a really good impact. the old "dallas" stood for the big, the brass, the '80s, the oil rich people. the old money isn't there anymore. how will they cope? perhaps we'll find out. >> reporter: the original tale of feuds and family was loved by millions. those involved with the new version hope it will be just as popular. bbc news. >> that's one theme song
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